Just in: France won’t reopen theatres

Just in: France won’t reopen theatres


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2020

Prime minister Jean Castex said tonight: ‘We are not yet at the end of this second wave, and we will not reach the objectives we had set for 15 December. We have to stay focussed, and find our way through the next few weeks with plenty of vigilance.’

No new date has been given for reopening.


  • Brian says:

    When this is all over, we will see that the closings had no effect on the spread of the virus, and that we will have destroyed the world’s economies and its cultural institutions for nothing.

  • French Musician says:

    They actually mentioned January 7th for reopening theatres, cinemas, museums, sports centres. This is the schedule with which the main institutions are adapting to.

    • Christopher Culver says:

      Considering that several European governments have been suggesting that severe restrictions must continue until March (at the very least), gives me little hope that France will return to normal then.

  • Sylvain says:

    “No new date has been given for reopening” but it has also been said that what happens next for culture in France will be announced on the 7th of January

  • Peter San Diego says:

    The German, Austrian and Spanish experience with concert safeguards seems to have been effective, so why haven’t the other EU nations been quick to pick up the practice? And why has the province of Saxony shut the halls? It’s genuinely confusing.

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      One could almost think they don’t know what they’re doing.

    • Maria says:

      It needs a huge labour force and a willingness of people to work in such an environment before you can bring in performers and a willing audience. You can’t just open the doors, pray and then hope.